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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Can bringing up heaps of phlegm make your throat scratch and cause bright blood in phlegm?

Can bringing up heaps of phlegm make your throat scratch and cause bright blood in phlegm?

Yes: Yes. Vigorous coughing can break small blood vessels and cause those symptoms. However, coughing up blood should always be evaluated by an MD. ...Read more

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Clots of blood coming from sinus and going down throat sputum with blood streaks?

Clots of blood coming from sinus and going down throat sputum with blood streaks?

Go To ER: If you are bleeding that much you need to be seen by an ent. If it is significant go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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Coughing up mucus with traces of blood. Swollen tonsils and throat. Is the blood likely just due to coughing breaking the blood vessels in throat?

Coughing up mucus with traces of blood. Swollen tonsils and throat. Is the blood likely just due to coughing breaking the blood vessels in throat?

Yes: Excessive pressure from coughing can break capillaries and cause small amount of blood to appear in the mucus. Take a probiotic (Megafood Megaflora Plus brand), zinc 50 mg/day (NOW is a good brand), Vitamin D3 10,000 IU/day (NOW brand) or sunshine for 30-45 minutes at noon daily to get over the the infection faster. Throat coat liquorice tea (consume several times/day) also helps to reduce pain. ...Read more

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Coughing up small specks of blood, what condition is this?

Coughing up small specks of blood, what condition is this?

Hemoptysis: Usually a result of infection such as bronchitis, however, can also be a concerning symptom. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Coughing up yellow green phlem with occasional small black mucous parts what could cause this?

Coughing up yellow green phlem with occasional small black mucous parts what could cause this?

Viral or bacterial: Is either bacterial or viral sinusitis or bronchitis. Depending upon how long you've had symptoms for you may want to speak with your doctor regarding an antibiotic. Also, stop smoking! ...Read more

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Have been bringing up lots of phlegm from cold not coughing up just coming up naturally for a week streaks of blood in it can bringing up phlegm all the time cause this?

Have been bringing up lots of phlegm from cold not coughing up just coming up naturally for a week streaks of blood in it can bringing up phlegm all the time cause this?

Mgt: An inbox consultation to review would be helpful. You should consult with your PCP. for assessment for viral or bacterial infection, imaging and cultures. It may be due to a viral illness, but I think you should be seen. ...Read more

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I've been spitting up yellow mucus with streaks of blood what does this mean?

I've been spitting up yellow mucus with streaks of blood what does this mean?

Hemoptysis: Coughing up blood is called hemoptysis. Usually this is bronchitis and not dangerous. However, it could indicate pneumonia or other infections like tuberculosis; or lung cancer, if at risk. See your doctor soon -- better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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Coughing up white tissue with tinge of blood. What is it?

Coughing up white tissue with tinge of blood. What is it?

The usual mucous : activated by ingested virus or bacteria; normal mucous produced by lungs to trap inhaled microscopic material is white; becomes either yellow or green if enough WBCs are present ingesting virus/bacteria & making internal enzymes (producing the color) used to inactivate & digest viral particles or bacterial cells. Repeated intense cough can break blood vessels resulting in tinges of blood. ...Read more

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I'm spitting up clear mucus with brown dots and red blood what is causing that?

Could be serious: You should never ignore red blood in secretions unless you've just had a bloody nose. Go get this checked out this week! ...Read more

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Bright red bloody mucus with blood clots excreted from tip of uvula after pulling out white stringy plug?

Bright red bloody mucus with blood clots excreted from tip of uvula after pulling out white stringy plug?

Mucus: It appears that there was a mucus plug impacted on your uvula and irritation/inflammation occurred when it was pulled off. If bleeding and/nonhealing of the uvula persists, consult an otolaryngologist for treatment and in the meantime, bathe the uvula area with cold water which helps.However if brisk bleeding continues head to the hospital emergency room where urgent treatment can be given ...Read more

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I wake up some mornings with a lot of mucus draining from my sinuses and also coughing up mucus. This time there was a tiny bit of brite red blood to.?

I wake up some mornings with a lot of mucus draining from my sinuses and also coughing up mucus. This time there was a tiny bit of brite red blood to.?

Post-nasal mucus: Build up of mucus in post-nasal area over night is very common, particularly in urban, high smog areas. If chronic, would allow hot water from shower or hot compress over sink to soak frontal face area t help loosen the mucus and blow it out. Avoid inhalant irritants or allergy causes in environment. Blood in mucus could be part of same. Would definitely see pcp or ENT for evaluation. ...Read more

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Choking on phlegm ball with blood no coughing?

Choking on phlegm ball with blood
 no coughing?

Follow up/more info: You should see your physician if you have sputum with blood. If it is more than a scant amount, the Emergency room can evaluate. I would suggest a TB test and a close exam of your nose. Sometimes nasal bleeding can result in blood tinged phlegm. A virtual consult appt is available. ...Read more

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Coughing up with white bubble mucus?

Coughing up with white bubble mucus?

Be seen: Coughing up mucus can mean many things, including infections, heart failure, or other things. ...Read more

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Is coughing up brown speckled phlegm dangerous after giving up smoking?

Is coughing up brown speckled phlegm dangerous after giving up smoking?

?Dangerous: Dangerous is not the best word to use, but you should simply get yourself a good examination and maybe even some testing such as a C-Xray to assure the Brown tinged mucus is not blood you are seeing in your mucus, or a bacterial infection. Great job that you stopped smoking! Now just see the Doc for an evaluation. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Nasal allergies and spitting up blood in the morning?

Nasal allergies and spitting up blood in the morning?

Nosebleeds : Are not uncommon with allergies. I would recommend saline rinses four times a day and start you allergy medicine, be it over the counter Cetirizine or prescription nose spray. Seek care if bleeds are lasting 30 minutes or more. ...Read more